Princess Kay runner-up Alex Christen uses family as inspiration

ST. CLOUD – Ten young women are competing for the title of Minnesota’s 69th Princess Kay of the Milky Way later this month.

Of the 10 finalists, four represent Stearns County, which is a new program record.

Twenty years Alex Christen, of Sauk Center, is one of four Stearns County Representatives. Christen says the dedication her father and grandfather put into their family farm has been a motivating factor for her throughout this competition.

Watching them train in the field until late at night, they don’t have time to go out and promote their way of life. I think it’s important for us as young people to go out into the community and promote the industry to farmers who don’t have that time in their day.

Christen says her mom was also a Polk County Dairy Princess, so it was fun to share that connection.

She says there are still many misconceptions about the dairy industry and hopes her stories will inspire the next generation of dairy farmers.

As a future teacher, I think I need to feel more comfortable in front of groups and talking. I think this is an important way for me to share my personal stories growing up on a dairy farm with a wider audience.

The other finalist representing Stearns County includes Hailey Frerick and Kallie Frericks of Albany and Briana Maus of Freeport.

The winner is announced the Wednesday night before the Minnesota State Fair.

Princess Kay of the Milky Way is the Minnesota Dairy Farmers Goodwill Ambassador for next year.

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